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Westminster Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 456 students

 
 

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Posted June 5, 2013

We have three children attending WCS, our kids adore their teachers. The teachers work with students as individuals not as clones. Everyone in the building is supportive, loving and approachable. They are Christ focused and as a follower of Christ that is important to me. I know that many children come from broken homes and that a lot of the parents who are non-believers resent the Christian focus of the school. So if you read a negative review I would keep that in mind. We know WCS isn't perfect but also know the teachers and administrators in the building love the kids, are talented and love Jesus Christ. I pray that God continues to bless WCS and our family through them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

This is an awful school. Religious agenda is first and academics is second. The teachers set up a barrier to the administration and parents, and hold all the power. If your kid doesn't fall in line with what they want him/her to say and think, then they'll make their school life miserable. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I am a Westminster alumni and will always remember my time spent at WCS. It was a very positive, supportive and Christ-centered environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2009

I go to Westminster and the teachers there are great and really know ma lot about the subjects they teach.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2008

Westminster Christian is a school on the rise. The entire staff genuinely loves each student and appreciates their unique gifts and disciplines in love. Vastly improving sports and academics. Great value and terrific leadership. Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

My son was recently accepted to the school....I was extremely impressed with the attention given to us and the fact that they genuinely appear to 'disciple' my son....We had a very negative experience with a nearby catholic high school and it almost turned me against my religion....I know this was all meant to be.....The other school's loss!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

Teachers really seemed to care about my child. My child loves to play basketball and has made good friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2007

Westminster's atmosphere is refreshing. They not only want my children to learning their ABCs and 123s, but more importanly, they teach them about God and the promises He has for them. The faculty and staff care about our family as a whole and I highly recommend WCS to everyone I meet!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

I have 3 children and all 3 have either attended WCS or is still at WCS. I cannot say enough about how grateful I am for the staff and teachers. They have prepared my child for college and they are doing extremely well and is searving the Lord. I can say without hesitancy that the school is growing and they are headed in the right direction. The leadership of the Board and adminstration has been wonderful to work with.God has really blessed WCS and I look forward in seeing what the future brings to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2006

complete waste of $. sub quality academics, classroom sizes, & school leadership. I pulled my kids out in 2006;the new leadership is more interested in being the biggest school than quality education. My public school offers more and the xian education compenent is weak. It is mere window dressing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

This school is amazing! My daughter went to Elgin district U46 for 7 years and we were tired of there lack of concern for children and there issues with money. My daughter is now in high school and I cant say enough about the personal attention she gets on a normal basis. I feel better knowing she is there! The staff is very personal and class sizes are small,But there is plenty of extracurricular activities, such as sports, art, music.Parents are always welcome and are very involved in school activities! As well as centering children on growing in christ! Dont miss this great opportunity! Its worth the money!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 51%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 2% 18%
Hispanic 2% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 15% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 2% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 1% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Taylor University
University of Illinois
LeTourneau University
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Special education / special needs

Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Pastor Elliott Anderson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • westminsterchristian.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Presbyterian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (847) 695-0135

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Future Teachers
  • National Honor Society
  • Outdoor Club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chapel speaker
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
104

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Taylor University
University of Illinois
LeTourneau University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 15%
4 year college - 80%
Military - 2%
Vocational - 2%
Workforce - 1%
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2700 West Highland Avenue
Elgin, IL 60124
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Phone: (847) 695-0310

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